All You Need to Know About Cosmetic Bonding

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Cosmetic Bonding - Dental Reflections Dublin

All You Need to Know About Cosmetic Bonding

Many times, our patients will ask us if we do dental bonding at our office. Yes, of course, we do. You do not have to be considered a cosmetic dentist to offer cosmetic services like bonding, veneers, botox, etc. Some people may not even realize what bonding is and the benefits of it.

What is Bonding?

Bonding is the application of a tooth-colored composite resin (plastic) to repair a decayed, chipped, fractured, discolored tooth, to make teeth appear longer, and as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings. Typically, a patient does not need to be numb if the bonding is for cosmetic purposes only and a cavity is not involved. Bonding is much less invasive then veneers or crowns because tooth structure does not need to be removed when it is applied.

Who is a good candidate for bonding?

There are many different types of cases we see that are great candidates for bonding. A patient that has great alignment but has a small gap between two of their teeth may opt for bonding to fill that space and make their smile look more natural or even. Sometimes a tooth can come in undersized. Bonding can help build the tooth up to its partner on the mirrored side of the mouth to even out the smile/shape of the teeth. If you chipped your tooth, bonding is a great option. In this case, you may wonder what the difference is between a filling and bonding. With a filling, tooth structure must be removed. With bonding, a material is applied to open the pores of the enamel, then a bonding agent followed by a filling material to hold the bonding in place. A shade guide is used, so the material matches your tooth perfectly. If you are a heavy coffee, red wine or dark soda drinker, your bonding could stain over time. At that point, it can be replaced.

Is Bonding Expensive?

Bonding is the least expensive option when changing the way a tooth looks in the mouth. Some insurance plans will cover bonding if there is a chip involved or even for cosmetic purposes. However, each plan is different. That’s why here at Dental Reflections Dublin, we offer a complimentary benefits check to see what your plan covers.

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